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Celebrate Father’s Day in the Philippines

Celebrate Father’s Day in the Philippines

Hello, mga kababayan! Father’s Day is just around the corner and I bet you’re looking for something special to show your tatay, papa, or daddy just how much you appreciate him. Well, you’re in luck because I’ve gathered a list of 30 unique ways to celebrate Father’s Day in the Philippines. So, buckle up and let’s get this jeepney rolling!

  1. Have a Jollibee breakfast surprise. Beat the sun and surprise Tatay with a tray of his favorite Jollibee breakfast. Yum Burger, anyone?
  2. Go for a morning jog at Luneta Park. Start the day with a refreshing jog around Luneta Park. It’s a bonding and a health activity rolled into one.
  3. Make a homemade lechon. For the brave souls, try your hand at making a homemade lechon. It’s a labor of love that will surely touch Tatay’s heart (and stomach!).
  4. Go on a fishing trip in Batangas. Rent a bangka and enjoy a day of fishing with Tatay. Just don’t forget the baon!
  5. Try balut eating contest at home. If your Tatay is an adventurous eater, why not have a balut eating contest at home? It’s a fun and uniquely Filipino way to celebrate.
  6. Explore Intramuros by Bambike. Get to know Manila’s history while enjoying a fun bike ride. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone!
  7. Have a videoke night. Let Tatay belt out his favorite Frank Sinatra or Rey Valera songs. It’s not about who hits the high notes, it’s about the fun and laughter you share.
  8. Visit a local craft brewery. If Tatay is a beer connoisseur, take him to a local craft brewery. Let’s support local, shall we?
  9. Try a cooking class together. Learning how to cook Tatay’s favorite Adobo or Sinigang is a gift that keeps on giving.
  10. Take him to a Barako basketball game. If Tatay is a basketball fan, treat him to a live PBA game. Go, Ginebra!
  11. Have a night out: Visit local bars in Manila like those in Tomas Morato, or enjoy some karaoke at Red Box Karaoke or Music One in Cebu. If your dad prefers a quieter scene, consider places like Unit 27 at The Fort​.
  12. Go to the beach: Spend Father’s Day weekend at a beach. You can drive to Ilocos Norte, take a boat to Olango Island in Cebu, or take a trip to Boracay or El Nido, or Kalanggaman Island in Leyte​​.
  13. Jump off a cliff: Consider cliff diving at Ariel’s Point near Boracay, Buho Rock in Poro Island, or Samal Island​.
  14. Have a simple, no frills dinner: Dine at a simple open-air restaurant or try some of the scenic restaurants in the country​.
  15. Watch a movie: Let your dad pick his favorite movie to watch at the cinema. You can also try private movie houses like Hello Hans and Stellar which are popular in Cebu​.
  16. Cook a delicious meal: Head to the market and shop for ingredients to cook a classic Filipino dish, or try your hand at foreign recipes like Persia’s kebab, Italian lasagne, and Chinese dimsum​.
  17. Fly a kite: Enjoy this nostalgic activity at a spacious park or a quiet beach​.
  18. Have an afternoon picnic: Have a fun lunch out at Luneta Park, Fort Santiago in Intramuros, the Eden Nature Park in Davao, or Tagaytay Picnic Grove Park​.
  19. Treat him to a spa: Pamper your dad at a luxurious spa resort such as The Farm at San Benito, Batangas, Shangri-la Boracay, or Eksaya Beach Resort and Spa in Panglao, Bohol​.
  20. Make it personal: Create a scrapbook with all your travel photos together, design a personalised artwork, or compile vacation clips and make a travel video​.
  21. Organize a street food crawl: Manila is famous for its delicious and varied street food. Treat Tatay to isaw, kwek-kwek, balut, and a cold, sweet halo-halo to beat the heat.
  22. Engage in a DIY jeepney painting contest: Show off your artistic skills by hosting a DIY jeepney painting contest at home. It’s a colorful and fun way to pay tribute to our country’s King of the Road.
  23. Have a Sampaguita planting day: Why not celebrate Father’s Day by planting Sampaguita, our national flower, in your backyard? It’s a fun activity that will also help Tatay feel closer to nature.
  24. Try “amazing race” in Divisoria: Organize a fun “amazing race” in Divisoria. Give Tatay and the rest of the family a list of items to find and see who can get everything first. Just remember to stay hydrated!
  25. Take a jeepney ride around Manila: This might sound simple, but a jeepney ride around Manila can be a wonderful trip down memory lane for Tatay.
  26. Indulge in a Pinoy dessert making session: Gather the family and spend the day making Tatay’s favorite Filipino desserts like leche flan, bibingka, or even halo-halo.
  27. Have a photo walk at Binondo: Binondo, Manila’s Chinatown, is a vibrant place full of interesting sights. Take Tatay on a photo walk here and capture some memorable shots.
  28. Go on a sunset yacht ride at Manila Bay: Surprise Tatay with a sunset yacht ride at Manila Bay. It’s a unique and romantic way to celebrate Father’s Day.
  29. Try street basketball: Unleash Tatay’s inner “MVP” by challenging him to a game of street basketball. It’s a fun and healthy way to spend the day.
  30. Host a pancit cooking contest: Every Filipino loves pancit. So, why not host a pancit cooking contest at home? Let Tatay be the judge and may the best pancit win!

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Remember, the key is to think about what Tatay would love most and make the day about him. Whether it’s a simple breakfast in bed or a day filled with adventure, what matters most is that you’re celebrating it together. After all, there’s no better way to show Tatay how much you appreciate him than by spending quality time together.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to make this Father’s Day unforgettable. As they say in the Philippines, “Ang tatay, parang haligi ng tahanan, hindi nanginginig sa bagyo.” Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing tatays out there!

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